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Two of the top temples in Bali

There are so many temples in Bali some say they outnumber homes! There are approximately 10,000 places of worship in Bali, some incredibly beautiful and worth a visit. When you're travelling with your older children, this is a great way to get in touch with the culture of the area, but bear in mind that is pays to be extra respectful when you're visiting these places of worship.

Besakih Temple

Otherwise known as Mother of Temple, this is arguably the most well-known holy temple in Bali. The structure is more than 1,000 years old, and when you visit, you can't help but feel the history.

When the nearby Mount Agung erupted in 1963, the lava stopped just before it reached the temple. People took this as a sign from the gods, and the temple became even more famous. Today the mountain contributes to the striking setting.

Within the complex, there are more than 23 separate temples, all in the beautiful and impressive structures. Wander through, enjoying the distinctive ornaments, sacred stone idols and intricate carvings.

Tanah Lot Temple

This temple sits on a tiny island just off the southwest coast of Bali, and is famous being being an important temple with a unique location. Over the years, the island has eroded down by the constant crashing of the waves to become just large enough to house the temple.

It is said to have been founded by Nirartha, one of the last priests to come to Bali from Java way back in the 16th century. It is a sacred sea temple, dedicated to ocean guardian spirits and protected by the sea snakes that reside in the caves below.

Have an extra special experience and visit these temples at sunrise or sunset - at these times, they are especially beautiful and radiant.